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John Amodeo
New Jersey General Assembly District 2
In office
2008 - Present
Term ends
January 2014
Years in position 7
Base salary$49,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 8, 2011
First elected2007
Next generalNovember 5, 2013
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sMount Saint Mary's College
Date of birth08/01/1950
Place of birthCamden, NJ
ProfessionCrane Operator, Operating Engineers Local 825
Office website
Campaign website
John F. Amodeo is a Republican member of the New Jersey General Assembly, representing the 2nd District since 2008. He currently serves as Deputy Minority Leader and previously served as Assistant Minority Whip.

Amodeo previously served as a member of the Linwood Planning Board from 2004-2005 and as a councilmember on the Linwood City Council from 1998-2005. He received his BA in history/political science from Mount Saint Mary's College.[1]

Committee assignments


Presidential preference


See also: Endorsements by state officials of presidential candidates in the 2012 election

John Amodeo endorsed Mitt Romney in the 2012 presidential election. [2]

  • A2648 Limits State appointment or employment of members of Legislature for two years after completion of legislative service.
  • A3604 Requires Attorney General to seize campaign funds of convicted candidates; prohibits convicted criminal offenders from making contributions to candidates and committees.
  • A3446 "'Invest in New Jersey First' Act;" requires preference in awarding certain contracts for critical infrastructure projects.
  • ACR223 Proposes amendment to State Constitution to limit General Assembly members to five successive terms and Senate members to three successive terms. [3]


In the New Jersey State Legislative Election 2007 National Political Awareness Test Amodeo outlined his top priorities:

  • Address budget problems by cutting identified wasteful spending and use the savings for sustainable property tax relief
  • Make it harder for our elected officials to raise and create taxes by requiring a two-thirds super-majority vote before any taxes can be raised
  • Encourage economic development in District 2 Atlantic County and the preservation of our district's greatest resources; the beaches, tourism, and the casinos.[4]

2nd District debate

On September 15, the District 2 Assembly candidates took part in a debate sponsored by the William J. Hughes Center for Public Policy and The Press of Atlantic City.

  • The full, hour-long debate can be found here.
  • The Senate candidates' debate can be found here.



See also: New Jersey General Assembly elections, 2013

Amodeo ran in the 2013 election for New Jersey General Assembly District 2. Amodeo is bracketed with Chris Brown. He was unopposed in the June 4 Republican primary. He is challenged by Vincent Mazzeo (D) and Nick Russo (D) in the general election which takes place on November 5, 2013.[5]


See also: New Jersey General Assembly elections, 2011

Amodeo won re-election in 2011. He was bracketed with Chris Brown in the Democratic Primary on June 7. They won the Republican primary unopposed. They then defeated Alisa Cooper and Damon Tyner in the November 8 general election.[6]

New Jersey General Assembly District 2 General Election, 2011
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJohn Amodeo Incumbent 29.2% 25,330
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngChris Brown 27.1% 23,440
     Democratic Alisa cooper 20.7% 17,933
     Democratic Damon Tyner 23% 19,919
Total Votes 86,622


Asbury Park Press

District 2 is one of only three districts that the Asbury Park Press identified as competitive in 2011. The other two are Districts 14 and 38. Districts 2 and 38 may lean more Republican after 2011 redistricting, and District 14 may still favor Democrats. As evidence, they cite a drop in registered Democrats in Districts 2 and 38, and only a small decrease in registered Democrats in District 14. History has shown, argues APP, that districts where Democrats hold less than a 10,000 registered voter advantage typically favor the GOP. The Democratic registration advantage in District 2 is roughly 9,200 (down from 11,000).[7]

NJ Spotlight

With assembly incumbent Vincent Polistina (R) choosing to run for the State Senate, NJ Spotlight has identified the District 2 as a potential place for the GOP to lose a seat in the Assembly. Following redistricting, the District 2 gained Democratic communities, losing Republican Galloway Township and picking up Democratic Somers Point, Buena and Buena Vista.[8]


Running for re-election in the November 3, 2009 general election, Amodeo defeated challengers Reginald Floyd and Jimmy Martinez. He was bracketed with Vincent Polistina.[9][10]

New Jersey General Assembly General Election, 2009
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJohn F. Amodeo Incumbent 30.3% 33,787
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngVincent J. Pollstina Incumbent 29.6% 32,981
     Democratic Jimmy Martinez 20.1% 22,430
     Democratic Reginald Floyd 20% 22,316
Total Votes 111,514

Campaign donors


In 2011, Amodeo received $620,348 in campaign donations. The top contributors are listed below.[11]

New Jersey General Assembly 2011 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to John Amodeo's campaign in 2011
New Jersey Regional Council Of Carpenters$16,400
Operating Engineers Local 825$16,400
Ironworkers Local 350$12,200
Decotiis Fitzpatrick & Cole$9,500
New Jersey Automobile Dealers Assocation$9,200
Total Raised in 2011 $620,348
Total Votes received in 2011 25,330
Cost of each vote received $24.49


Below are Amodeo's top 5 campaign contributors in the 2009 election:[12]

Contributor 2009 total
Operating Engineers Local 825 $8,200
Plumbers & Pipefitters Local 9 $7,300
Election Fund of Alex DeCroce $5,500
Assembly Republican Victory 2009 $5,051
Peter J Biondi $5,000

2009 Assemblyman John Amodeo campaign commercial


State leaders pick sides in District 2

Several powerful state leaders have expressed support for their chosen candidates in District 2. Senate Majority Leader Barbara Buono (D) and Chairman of the state Democratic Committee John Wisniewski (D) have personally endorsed the Democratic ticket in District 2, attending a rally in support of the candidates. The Republican candidates have garnered the support of Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno (R), who attended an event for GOP campaign staff in District 2. The visits further highlight the importance of the district in November's election.[13]


Amadeo and his wife, Luann, have two children.

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